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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Super Cute Ladybugs


I found this super adorable ladybug project HERE on the Georgetown Elementary Art Blog. I also did it with my Grade 1 class- I have a big 'insects in art' unit I do with them, so this fit in nicely.

Day 1: I pre-cut 12 x 18" white paper into squares. They drew a border and painted it using tempera pucks. I love the convenience of these. I encouraged them to use a light colour for the center part (like yellow). That way, the ladybug that is glued on will really show up. 



The next class, students made their ladybugs out of red and black construction paper. They glued the body down frist, then an oval head on top. We used reinforcements for the eyes. The legs and antennae were drawn on using a black marker. 
They're so cute!




























Thursday, June 11, 2015

Glue Line Chalk Pastel Landscapes


This is a chalk pastel landscape lesson I did in conjunction with the Grade 4 Social Studies teacher at my school. They study geographical regions in our province as part of their curriculum. In art, students chose a region to develop into a landscape. They needed to include a background, middle ground and foreground. We used one of my favourite techniques: clear glue on black construction paper. Students needed about 4-40 minute periods to complete these.

On day one, students chose a landscape region- I printed out reference photos for them from the Internet.


I also projected a slideshow of different landscape photos onto my flat screen tv (which I looooove).



Students drew their landscape, in pencil, on 12 x 18" black construction paper. 


Then they outlined all their pencil lines using Elmer's clear glue. I prefer clear glue, as opposed to white glue, for this technique. I will say, though, that these glue bottles are tough for little hands to squeeze- they're quite rigid, at least mine are. 



Let these dry flat overnight.




Then students coloured them in using chalk pastels. My students either LOVE or HATE chalk pastels!! I love how you can blend with them and easily go over any 'mistakes'. I hate how messy they are!! I demonstrated how to mix colours and use white to create highlights and extra realism.


Grade 4 results:














 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

African Animals paintings


This was a painting project one of my mixed elective classes (Grade 4-6) recently finished.
Each student chose an African animal to draw. They could draw the whole body or simply a close-up portrait. On large heavy white paper, they measured a thick border (about 1.5 inches) using a ruler. 
I encouraged them to design a simple border. I had handouts with African patterns on them to help inspire. 


Once the border was designed, they drew their animal inside.


They used tempera tp paint these. It took quite a few classes due to the large format. 


Sometimes it's easier to work on the floor!


Once everything was painted and dry, students used a charcoal pencil to trace over all the lines and used a finger to smudge out the line. This added some soft texture and contrast.


Like I said, these took quite a while to complete, but we were all happy with the final result. 
I displayed these on easels at out school's musical production of "The Lion King". 



































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